MOST in-lamb ewe prices improved as commercial sheep and lamb listings on AuctionsPlus fell 36 percent to 30,715 head last week.
AuctionsPlus said the lower supply supported a robust market with value over reserve increasing $7 to average $16, while the overall clearance rate was down slightly at 60pc.
Rain over the weekend for most grazing areas of Australia will continue to support producer confidence as we edge closer to a confirmed Autumn break, AuctionsPlus said.
AuctionsPlus sold 72pc of the 2001 crossbred lambs offered an average of $113/head – up $5 on the previous week. At Bessiebelle in Victoria, 800 August 2022 drop White Suffolk cross mixed sex store lambs weighing 34kg lwt sold for the the top price of $122, or 359c/kg lwt.
Merino wether lambs averaged $84, $11 down, for the 77pc of the 5060 head offered last week. Per kilogram prices ranged from 155-247c and averaged 217c/kg lwt. At Jamestown in South Australia, four even lines, each with 220 July/August 2022 drop Poll Merino wether lambs weighing 42kg lwt made $101/head, or 242c/kg lwt. The same vendor offered a further two lines of 375 of the same description weighing 47kg lwt that sold for $115/head, or 247c/kg lwt.
AuctiopnsPlus sold 51pc of the 6709 scanned in-lamb Merino ewes offered for an average of $171, up $10. At Glenalbyn in Victoria, two lines of 245 22-23 month-old Merino ewes scanned in-lamb to Border Leicester rams and weighing 69kg lwt sold for $244/head, or 352c/kg lwt.
The 1187 joined shedding breed ewes offered sold well for an average of $201/head – up $19 on last week, with a 91pc clearance rate. At Broken Hill in New South Wales, 400 April/May 2022 drop White Dorper ewe lambs joined to White Dorper rams and weighing 54kg lwt made $200/head, or 368c/kg lwt.
Note: Prices as at 5pm Thursday, 13 April 2023
Source – AuctionsPlus.
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